Flake: Anti-Tariff Republican Should Challenge Trump in 2020

Angelo Anderson
March 13, 2018

During an interview with NBC's "Meet The Press" - which is hosted by Todd - on Sunday, Flake said the president's comments are at risk of becoming "normalized and we take as normal what is abnormal".

And last week, Flake said he would move quickly to introduce legislation to nullify Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

In several television interviews, Warren, who has been touted as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said she saw a role for tariffs as part of USA trade policy.

Flake abandoned his re-election bid a year ago because, he said, he did not want to compromise his integrity to try to win over pro-Trump voters in Arizona's August 28 Republican primary. "I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary".

Trump's tariffs, which he announced last Thursday, were met with swift opposition from numerous president's fellow Republicans who say they will harm the economy. "But that's not to say it will stay that way". But, as Todd noted previously, Flake has an upcoming trip to New Hampshire, traditionally the site of the nation's first presidential primary. The president rolled out the tariffs Thursday, extending an initial exemption to Canada and Mexico while raising the possibility of exemptions for other countries that renegotiate their trade policies with the United States. And, you know, when we only represent just over 20% of the world's economy, only 5% of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow.

Flake also chided Trump for attacking the press at a political rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania.

The rally was sprinkled with mentions of Saccone and the election in general, but for the most part, according to The New York Times, was "in-his-element Trump, vintage 2016: Rambling and fiery, boastful and jocular - the part of being president that he loves perhaps the most".

Dan Nowicki is national political reporter for The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.

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